Andrew Govender

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Andrew Govender
Andrew Govender on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2014..JPG
Andrew Govender on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
Born
Andrew Govender

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of the Witwatersrand
OccupationActuarial Analyst, Actor, Model
Years active2012 Template:Spaced ndashpresent
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
TitleMr. South Africa 2012
Websitewww.andrewgovender.com

Andrew Govender (born 1986, in Johannesburg) is a South African actor, model and actuarial analyst. In 2012, he won the title of Mr. South Africa 2012,[1]Template:Dead-link making him the first Indian to win this title.[2]Template:Dead-link

Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Andrew Govender grew up in Johannesburg since the age of three. He has four siblings, one of which is his twin.[3]Template:Dead-link At the age of sixteen he was spotted in a shopping mall by his first agent. He is currently signed with a South African modelling agency, Heads Model Management.[4] He matriculated with six distinctions from Glenvista High School in 2004[5]Template:Dead-link and graduated with an Honours Degree in Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand.[6]Template:Dead-link He was also first runner up of Face of Markham.[7]Template:Better-source

Mr. South Africa 2012[edit | hide | edit source]

On 17 March 2012 Andrew Govender was crowned Mr. South Africa 2012[8]Template:Dead-link at the action filledTemplate:Peacock-term event held at Silver Star Casino. Andrew Govender beat the other 11 contestants from across the country. He believes in David Sarnoff quote that is "…the will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success".[9]Template:Dead-link He initiated the Andrew Govender Book Club which works in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.[10]Template:Dead-link Any books collected from corporates and the public are sorted and distributed to local schools and homes for disadvantaged children.[11]Template:Better-source Other initiatives that he is involved in includes Grass Root Soccer[12] which creates awareness about HIV/AIDS awareness amongst the youth via soccer. He is also part of his consulting firm's campaign which aims at mentoring young school girls, called the Next Generation. He is also an ambassador of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital[13]Template:Dead-link as well as for Spirit Day South Africa.[14] He has also participated in fun walks such as the inaugural Discovery Jacaranda FM Spring Walk[15][16] as well as the 27th Annual Gandhi Walk held in Lenasia in 2012.[17]Template:Dead-link

Socially, he also has appeared at numerous events as Mr. South Africa 2012, such as fundraising for a Cancer event[10] or modelling for Palse Homme at South Africa Fashion Week.[18][19] He travelled to Singapore for the 13th IIFA Awards.[20] He has also appeared in television interviews, such as Top Billing[21][22] and Spirit Sundae.[23]

Govender represented South Africa in the Mister World 2012 pageant which was held in Kent, England, on 24 November 2012.[24][25][26]

Andrew has judged many pageants such as Mrs.South Africa[27][28] as Mr. South Africa in 2013.

Govender appeared in Cosmo's Sexiest SA Men Calendar for 2013.[29][30][31][32] He again participated in SAFW 2013.[33] In March 2013, he was part of a fashion show, Night with the Stars, to raise funds for Hospice Wits with other celebrities.[34] Andrew also participated in the CANSA CrazyTie Launch.[35]

He appeared as a guest star in an episode of High Rollers [36][37] which is a SABC 3 TV show.

Charity work[edit | hide | edit source]

Andrew Govender is one of the ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital. In 2014 he and the ambassadors participated in the Nelson Mandela Childrens Hospital Groundbreaking YouTube video series. Andrew provides voice-overs for some of the videos.[38][39][40][41]

Acting career[edit | hide | edit source]

Govender made his feature film debut when he was cast in the role of Ravi the leading male character in Sallas de Jager's film Free State. A movie set in the 1970s South Africa when inter-racial relationships were illegal.[42]

Filmography[edit | hide | edit source]

Film[edit | hide | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Free State Ravi Completed [43]

Television[edit | hide | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 High Rollers Ashok Episode #1.21
2012 Mister World 2012 Himself TV Movie

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  2. "Andrew Govender making history by becoming the first Indian to win Mr SA".
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  5. "Andrew Govender making history by becoming the first Indian to win Mr SA". 6 April 2012.
  6. "Wits Review". October 2012.
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  10. 10.0 10.1 "There's more to Mr SA than looks". The New Age. 31 July 2012.
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  21. "Top Billing at Phantom Forest with Mr. South Africa 2012 Andrew Govender".
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